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ART Bus in Arlington Has Loyal, Diverse Ridership

Bus ridership is getting the respect it deserves. Or at least that is the case in Arlington County, Virginia according to a new report released today by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The report, titled Arlington Transit Ridership Study, contains the results of a survey of Arlington Transit (ART) riders that was administered by LDA… Read more »

Residential GGW

Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.  Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it’s working. We found that regardless of age or whether a building is… Read more »

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Financial Returns for Arlington Transportation Yielding Healthy Sums

If an additional 1 percent of Arlington adults started getting the CDC-recommended levels of physical activity by walking or biking for their daily commute, the annual cost savings would be $7.5 million in the first year due to reduced mortality and $12 million per year due to reductions in lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and… Read more »

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Will Housing Costs Price Service Workers Out of Arlington?

Is service quality at risk in Arlington, Virginia – including those related to health, education, and public safety – because of housing affordability? A recent survey (PDF) offers up some food for thought. Last spring, nearly 700 employees of Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington voluntarily answered a computer-driven survey – about 40 percent of respondents … Read more »

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As Arlington Gets Denser, Planners Study How To Right-Size Parking Lots

This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual… Read more »

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Arlington’s Local Transportation Data Helps Others Nationwide

Arlington County, Virginia has requirements for many proposed development projects that allow county transportation experts to measure key indicators such as parking occupancy, vehicles moving in and out of garages, and commute mode choice of residents. Individually, these studies can be used by these experts to compare reality against the projections used in the traffic-impact… Read more »

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A Call for Traffic Data to Improve Our Transportation Systems

One of the most important resources for determining the transportation impacts of new land development is the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual. When a new neighborhood, shopping mall, or office complex is proposed, transportation engineers conduct a study that forecasts “trip generation” – or how much traffic will come in and out… Read more »

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Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

A new study by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings. Site plan buildings are those that require special approval from the County Board in order to be developed because they need some kind of exception to the zoning… Read more »

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New Census Data: Arlington Residents Continue Using High-Efficiency Modes for Commuting

The 2012 American Community Survey Data show numerical changes in the way Arlingtonians get to work, but the differences are not statistically significant. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released new American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Arlington residents maintained their high rates of biking, walking, and transit use, with small percentage… Read more »

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TDM is Not Scary: A 101 on Transportation Demand Management

“How do we begin to covet, Clarisse? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we covet what we see every day.” – Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs Here at Mobility Lab, we share stories about transportation options that are “cool, healthy, fun, and efficient.” The thing is: these stories are about something… Read more »